He played college football for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, earning All-America honors his senior year, before being drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers in 2008.
He’s made a Pro Bowl, has won a Super Bowl and is regarded as one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has a wife and two boys. Things are quite good for Nelson from the outside looking in.
That doesn’t mean Nelson (or any public figure) is immune from the gut-punches life throws at all of us sometimes.
For instance: Nelson’s loving wife, Emily, who he grew up knowing in Kansas? She dumped him once in middle school right before the summer. Nelson told that crushing story on Dan Le Batard’s radio show.
Nelson: I’ve known my wife my whole life. We grew up together, went to kindergarten together all the way through. We grew up three miles apart, which is not very far when you grew up out in the country in Kansas. Le Batard: When did you become boyfriend and girlfriend? Nelson: That would be end of freshman year of high school. Le Batard: Oh, OK. I was under the impression she was your very first girlfriend. Sixth grade, I was told. I got bad information. Nelson: Where are you getting this information? This is getting a little awkward now . . . Well, yeah, we dated and then she dumped me, so . . . Why I went back I don’t know. I guess it’s part of the story. It was seventh grade. She had an incredible reason why — it was the end of the school year and it was summertime, so apparently she didn’t want to be around me. She didn’t want to be tied down to one guy in seventh grade during the summer.
It all worked out quite well for Jordy, of course. Now we need Emily’s version of the story.